[Photograph: Anna Markow]

What makes this apple pie superlative? For starters, a super flakey, all-butter crust. Next, there's a filling that's just out of the ordinary thanks to the addition of applewood smoked salt, black pepper, and a nip of whiskey.

Making the vanilla ice cream is key—its rich, sweet flavor balances out the subtle savory notes in the pie. Making homemade ice cream is also a great way to impress your guests if you're only hosting a few. It's a delicious extra touch and the leftovers are extremely versatile.

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